Temperature-wise, much of August looks to remain below normal

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This is suppose to be the dog days of summer, right? In a normal year, the Miami Valley averages around 14 days with 90-degree or higher temperatures. So far this year we've only had 4 days that hot. And don't look for any extreme heat anytime soon.

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We are in the middle of what should be the "dog days of summer,” but so far, all we've seen are puppies, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

In other words, temperatures have not progressed much above 90 so far this year and may not get there through at least the first half of this month.

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So far in 2017, we've had four days with 90-degree or higher temperatures. We typically average about 14 days at or above the 90-degree mark.

The most we've ever had was in the year 1900, when the Miami Valley baked with 60 days reaching that mark or higher. 
Thanks to the lack of no real driving weather pattern such as El Nino or La Nina, the jet stream has not moved a whole lot since earlier in the winter. That has kept temperatures near or below average across the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley for much of the summer.

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After a brief hot stretch in late July, temperatures have once again dropped well below the average high of 84 for this time of year. Highs this weekend will stay in the middle 70s.

While a slow warming trend is expected to get going early next week, temperatures will struggle to even reach our average high.

The Climate Prediction Center's long range outlook through mid-August shows a high likelihood that temperatures will remain below average across the upper Midwest through the Ohio Valley.

The CPC outlook also indicates precipitation levels should be near or above average during the next two weeks.